Maryland uses a rigorous set of standards and assessments aligned to college and career readiness.
The state continues to rely on the Common Core State Standards since first adopting them in 2010 and uses the PARCC assessment program.
PARCC provides translations of English language arts and mathematics assessments in the top 10 languages present in each state, and the state is currently field testing a new science assessment and will begin developing a Spanish-language version once that process is completed.
Maryland uses the WIDA ACCESS 2.0 to assess English language proficiency. This is a widely accepted, evidence-based, high-quality assessment.
Maryland offers an alternative assessment based on alternative standards for students with severe cognitive disabilities. The state would have a stronger plan if it provided the steps it will take to ensure that it does not exceed the 1 percent cap on participation in the alternate assessments.